Have you ever just sat and dreamed with God about how your life could or should look? Have you ever given yourself permission to dream big dreams for yourself?
For years I always thought it was my job to help other people’s dreams become a reality and I never thought I was a “dreamer.”
Until one time I was sitting in a group of people and we were asked to share a dream that we had. I had just come off of a season of extended rest, and things had started shifting in my heart. I found myself begin to get emotional as this desire rose up in my heart to begin to dream for myself. That has set me on a journey of going deep and uncovering some of the dreams that God placed in my heart.
It has been a beautiful journey of discovery and my heart’s desire is that you too, would find the freedom to dream with God for yourself.
First of all, give yourself the permission to dream. Some people are natural dreamers, and so it comes easy for them. Some people, like me, need to learn how to dream. This starts by giving yourself permission. It is not wrong to dream, in fact I would go so far as to say that if we are not dreaming with God, we are missing out on His best for us!
Joseph in the Bible was a natural dreamer. He knew how to tap into that place of awe and wonder and truly believed that he had heard from God through the dreams he had. His brothers mocked him, but years later we see that the dreams that God put in his heart, did come to pass. In fact he saved his family from dying of starvation because he pursued those dreams that was so deeply rooted in His heart.
Joseph had a revelation given to Him by God.
He went through many hardships and struggles before it become a reality, but through it all he hung on to that God given dream. It was embedded so deeply within Him which therefore guided him into his destiny.
One of the reasons that it was so hard for me to dream was that I thought it would need to be all planned and mapped out. Every detail, every process to see it come to reality, and my plate was already full. No thankyou!!
Just because God gives us dreams doesn’t mean that we have to plan and execute every one of them. Often times I think God wants us to dream with Him, simply to open our minds to the endless possibilities of what He can do through us.
Ephesians 3:20 says this: Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. The word infinitely means unlimited, unbounded or unmeasurable. God's resources are limitless! God wants us to open our minds to greater possibilities than we could ever imagine on our own.
Many times our dreams are just between us and God. I remember as I began to dream for myself, I was so afraid to tell anyone. There is wisdom in not telling just anyone.
If we tell others, they may not understand our dreams the same way that we do. They may laugh at them or doubt the possibility of seeing that dream become a reality. That is disheartening and can keep us from dreaming. Sure you can share your dreams with someone close to you that you trust, but I caution you against telling just anyone.
Remember Joseph’s brothers? They didn’t believe him and thought he was being proud and boastful. They were not given the same revelation that Joseph had, therefore they didn’t understand the sacredness of his dreams. Sometimes our dreams are meant to be kept just between us and God.
I believe as you begin to give yourself permission to dream with God on the possibilities of where He wants to take you, and begin to walk in faith to see those dreams become a reality, you will not desire to have the life of someone else, but you will be deeply satisfied with the life that God chose for you!
That, my friend is a gift.
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